Luis P. Untalan Middle School Latest News
Spotlight on Mrs. Borja!
Mrs. Madrid Borja, far left, recently attended an education conference in San Antonio.
Mrs. Madrid Borja is in her 18th year of teaching and is an 8th grade Reading teacher for Team Lions at Luis P. Untalan Middle School. She applied for, and was approved to attend, the Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in San Antonio, Texas December 1-4, 2022. The conference brought educators from around the nation to share proven strategies to improve student achievement and learning environments. She attended lectures and workshops on topics such as enhancing student engagement, improving school cultures, valuing diversity, connecting with students, and managing personal and professional wellness.
As a teacher, school-based mentor, Reading content representative, and master teacher she will use and share the strategies and knowledge gained with students, teachers, and future teachers. The conference was funded through the Consolidated Grant FY22 Classroom Supports &Academic Interventions.
Happy New Year, Wildcats!
New video from all the teams and some staff groups about how Wildcats support students!
Happy New Year, Wildcats! Students return from Christmas Break on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Due to the activity bell schedule in December, January 5 will be a Wildcat Day (see bell schedule pic).
The January calendar has been sent out to parents/guardians via email, text, and can be viewed here.
Musical Wildcats Jazz Up the Holidays
The Luis P. Untalan Middle School Band Holiday Recital at the LPUMS Cafeteria on Dec. 16. Great job to Band Director Joanne Matanane-Sosa and the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for sharing their talents after practicing for weeks!
The public got a chance to watch the LPUMS Advanced Recorder Quartet's holiday performance at the Dusit Thani Resort in December. Great job to the student performers!
Watch more videos from the concert @ the PTA Facebook page here.
December Spirit Week
The last week before Christmas Break will be Spirit Week on the LPUMS campus.
Students must still follow the dress code policy.
Thursday, Dec. 15 will also be Jingle Jungle, a school-wide activity day. Clubs, organizations and teams will have games, food, and other activities during the designated time after lunch.
Below is the bell schedule, including the change of bell for January 5, 2023 to make up the lost class time.
Baba B Performs for Wildcats
11-28-22; Hawaiian reggae singer Baba B surprised students with an hour-long performance and a meet and greet session on Monday, Nov. 28. The cafeteria could only hold a limited number of students, so the rest of the student population watched his performance on Zoom or Instagram stream. Thank you to Ms. Gem Santos for reaching out to Baba B to perform for our students.
Thank you to Our Wildcat Staff
From Nov. 21-23, LPUMS held the V.I.P. Exclusive Red Carpet Event: LPUMS Staff Appreciation Week 2022. Teachers, parents, and students showed their appreciation to the staff during Thanksgiving Week.
NJHS Donates Canned Goods
In November, the National Junior Honor Society collected canned goods from the school community. Before Thanksgiving, the group donated them to Catholic Social Services. Kudos NJHS students, advisors, and donators for helping feed our island community.
Show Your Pride with the Wildcats Spirit Shirt
11-22-22: Wildcats, show your pride to the community and at school events by getting the Wildcats Athletics spirit shirt. Sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, funds raised will go back directly to PTO activities.
Shirts are $14 for youth sizes, and start at $15 for adult sizes. Orders are being taken until Nov. 23, please read the letter that was distributed on Nov. 9. T-shirts will be ready by Dec. 9.
Orders and payment can be taken at this link.
Wildcats Celebrate November Spirit Week
11-17-22: Get ready for the November Spirit Week, wildcats! Beginning on Monday Nov. 21, you can wear Fall colors! Dress Up as an athlete! Look like a staff!
Wildcats Get Dress Down Incentive
Hafa Adai Parents, Guardians and Students! Our school will be implementing a periodic Dress Down Incentive beginning December for students who report to their classes on time! Those students who fail to report to class on time will be addressed accordingly and will not be eligible for a Dress Down Incentive.
The dress down days are a monthly reward beginning in December. Students with zero discipline referrals in the previous month are allowed to Dress Down adhering to the Dress Down Guidelines in the student handbook. This begins Nov 10 and resets monthly. All students will become eligible again at the start of a new month to participate in next month's reward.
Please talk to your child about the importance of being on time to class and having good CATS behavior (C=I will Care for our school, A=I will Act responsibly, T=I will Treat myself and others with respect, S=I will Strive for excellence). We want all our Wildcat students to succeed and participate in all upcoming rewards and enjoyable activities. Have a Great Wildcat Week!
PTO Meeting Nov. 10
11-8-22: HAFA ADAI LPUMS STAKEHOLDERS! AS A REMINDER, OUR PTO MEETING AND FY 2024 BUDGET HEARING WILL BE HELD ON NOV. 10 AT 6:00PM IN THE SCHOOL'S CAFETERIA.
PLEASE REFER TO THE STAKEHOLDERS' FY 2024 BUDGET HEARING LETTER FOR MORE DETAILS. DURING THE PTO MEETING, THERE WILL BE RAFFLE TICEKTS SOLD TO POSSIBLY WIN FOR GREAT PRIZES. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!
11-10-22: HAFA ADAI LPUMS PARENTS! PTO IS KINDLY ASKING PARENTS FOR MONETARY DONATIONS TO HELP RECOGNIZE OUR HARD WORKING WILDCAT STAFF. PLEASE REFER TO PTO PARENT LETTER FOR MORE DETAILS. THANK YOU! HAVE A GREAT WILDCAT DAY!
Wildcats Collaborate for Accreditation
11-8-22: As part of LPUMS's professional development day, the school community collaborated on reviewing the school's accreditation process, examining their critical areas of focus, and brainstorming on action steps needed to move forward and maintain their accreditation action plan. The school is preparing for their Spring 2024 mid-term visit from the Accrediting Commission for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Teachers & staff work together on this Jigsaw activity.
Accreditation Coordinators Rozalyn Pama (left) and Juvy Cariño.
Mr. Leon Guerrero participates in the ice breaker activity.
The breakout session involved updating this video from a previous accreditation PD in 2019. That new video will be compiled and posted soon.
NJHS Holds Canned Food Drive
11-2-22: The National Junior Honor Society is accepting canned goods that will be donated by the student organization to local organizations. Please turn in your canned goods to the Student Support Office or to D104 by Nov. 18.
WIldcats Craft Red Ribbon Sign
10-25-22: Many students took part in crafting, donating, and suggesting ideas for this year's Red Ribbon sign. "The theme this year was celebrate life live drug-free," said math teacher Mrs. Jennifer Flory. Her students were the main group who worked on the sign. "To represent life the students chose to use trees. The trees were created out of recycled, cardboard, and donated table clothes and zip ties. To represent the Wildcats they chose to use paw prints as the leaves on the trees made out of donated paper and laminate pouches. Each paw prints stated these paws don’t touch drugs I promise to help others, and to keep myself drug-free."
"The paws were signed by the students staff and faculty," Mrs. Flory continued. "The tree trunks and poster were made out of recycled, cardboard, and plastic table cloths. The lettering was created by donated water bottles and donated paint to create a colorful display. Thank you to all those that donated sign paws and gave their support."
Spirit Week & Halloween Activity Guidelines
10-25-22: These parent/guardian letters were sent out via text and email announcements regarding the Oct. 27 WILDCAT DAY and Oct 28 ACTIVITY DAY.
The Halloween Costume Rules/Guidelines Form is required for the OCT. 31 activity. Students were provided hard copies of the letters and forms.
10-25-22: Spirit Week begins on Oct. 25 until Halloween, Oct. 31. Students are allowed to dress down according to the daily themes, as selected by the Student Body Association. The themes also align with October being Drug Free Month. Members of the Guam Army National Guard and Guam Police Department's Sgt. Paul Tapao presented during the Red Ribbon Assembly on Oct. 19 in the gym.
Face-to-Face PTC Monday, Oct. 24
Staff & Admin wait at the cafeteria to distribute the report cards.
10-24-22: Parents and guardians may visit their child's teacher during face-to-face parent-teacher conference today from 8am to 1pm. Parents may park at the front parking lot and get their child's mid-progress report card at the cafeteria. Students from the National Junior Honor Society are also on hand to help direct parents to specific classrooms.
PTO Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13
10-12-22: The next scheduled meeting for the LPUMS Parent-Teacher Organization is on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6pm in the school cafeteria. Student work will be on display, raffle prizes will be given out, and there will be a bake sale. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.
Clubs & Organizations are Back!
10-10-22: Wildcats have more activities to participate in during lunchtime now with the return of student clubs and organizations. It's been over two years since clubs and organizations were allowed to hold meetings and have activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now students can join others with similar interests during lunchtime!
This year, the clubs are back in full force with new clubs formed, such as Bible Club, Chess Club & Kpop Club, to join clubs such as Cultural Arts, STEM, and Stitch & Stir Clubs.
All clubs have an advisor and must be chartered and pay club dues with the Student Body Association. Students, check out the meeting schedule of some of these clubs and join in!
Club Membership Drive on Sept. 9.
Stitch & Stir crafted fall paper pumpkins recently.
Wildcats Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
10-7-22: It was "Get Your Pink on!" for many wildcats on Friday, Oct. 7 to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. All around campus, students, faculty, staff and administration wore pink to show their support for screening for breast cancer. Guam Cancer Care also held a wave at the ITC intersection in which some wildcats participated.
Attorney General's Office Talks About Bullying at LPUMS
10-5-22: The month of October is Bullying Prevention month!
Picture Week Oct. 3 - 7
9-27-22: Get ready wildcats for Picture Week, beginning Monday Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 7. All students must take a picture for the school management system, Powerschool. The photographers are from Premium Art Photo, and they have a variety of packages that parents or guardians may purchase for their child. It it optional to purchase a photo package, however. Students may also choose to take a group picture with their friends or siblings (max 6 people).
Students will be given more information from their Reading teacher, including envelopes and flyers.
Sneak Peek! Behind the scenes at faculty group pictures this year...
Social Studies Dept.
September Evacuation Drill Runs Smoothly
9-27-22: The monthly Emergency Evacuation Drill went smoothly on Tuesday, Sept. 27 during the Advise period, the first period of the day. Students walked in lines to the back field of the campus and organized themselves in single-file lines as designated by the emergency evacuation maps in every classroom. One student held a red/green flag to indicate that all students were accounted for. The next emergency drill will be an earthquake drill on Oct. 20, during the Great Guam Shakeout at 10:20am.
Wildcats Attend Leadership Conference
8th grade student representatives
9-23-22: Student leaders representing 8th grade teams, the Student Body Association (SBA) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), participated in the 6th Rotaract Youth Leadership Conference on September 23 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the Dusit Beach Resort Guam. The conference was attended by all eight public middle schools. The Rotaract Club of the Marianas is a youth organization geared towards developing students and young professionals through nation-building, civic participation, and fellowship through service.
“Together we can RISE” was the conference theme. The event had team building activities and discussions as well as breakout sessions introducing students to the benefits of positive risk-taking behaviors and the importance of giving back to the community through service.
PTO Selects New Officers
9-15-22: Parents and guardians attended the Luis P. Untalan Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization meeting in the school cafeteria on Sept. 15. The following new officers were voted in (from left, in picture): Madrid Borja, Teacher Rep.; Victoria Ballares, Secretary; Desiree Braga, Treasurer; Richard Borja, Vice-President; and Joseph Cruz, President.
The next scheduled meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6pm in the school cafeteria.
NJHS Joins Annual Coastal Clean Up!
9-10-22: The LPUMS chapter of the National Junior Honor Society took part in the International Coastal Clean up on Saturday, September 10. The group was given the opportunity to clean War in the Pacific Beach and Park grounds in Asan, with10 out of 14 members present and two members volunteering with their families at Ipan Beach.
"NJHS members and advisors noticed a large amount of cans, glass bottles, electronics, and food containers abandoned on the beach and in the jungle," said Hannah Guevara, one of the group's advisors. "This activity conveys pillars of character and citizenship by working together to keep the environment clean with a bigger organization."
Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting Re-Scheduled
9-9-22: Due to technical difficulties during the Zoom Parent-Teacher Organization meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 8, the meeting has been re-scheduled a week later to Thursday, Sept. 15. The agenda includes the election of PTO officers. Please join us in the school cafeteria beginning at 6pm.
View the scheduled agenda by clicking here.
Student Body Association Officers Voted In
Students assembled in the school gym to listen to the candidates for Student Body Association officers.
9-9-22: Congratulations to this year's Student Body Association Officers for garnering the most votes in a school-wide election on Sept. 6 & 7. The candidates had to apply to run, create and post advertisements around campus, and give a speech in front of a school-wide assembly.
President - Sarai Dela Cruz
Vice President - Jakob Pillow
Secretary - Maja Cura
Treasurer - Trixia Sahagun
PRO - Dylan Rasco
Sergeant-at-Arms - Aemelia Miranda
Great job on all student candidates for their hard work during the campaign.
Parents/Guardians Attend Open House
9-1-22: Parents and guardians were welcomed to the on-campus Open House Night on Thursday, Sept. 1. This was the first face-to-face Open House since 2019. The event began at 6pm in the school cafeteria, with our Principal Agnes Guerrero giving welcoming remarks and introducing the elective teachers. Then parents and guardians went to their child's team presentations in one of the classrooms. Thank you to parents and guardians who came by and visited the campus and their child's teachers.
Mrs. Guerrero welcomes parents/guardians, students, and teachers.
Parents/guardians begin Open House in the school cafeteria.
End of the night!
If you weren't able to attend the Open House, please take our online survey for accreditation data and to help the school plan for future events.
You may also go directly to the survey by clicking this link.
September Calendar released
9-1-22: The September Calendar was released via Swiftreach, the district's mass notification system. Parents/guardians who are signed up to Swiftreach received an email, text message, or voice message about the calendar.
To participate and receive notifications via Swiftreach, please contact our computer operator, Kayla Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vaccination Clinic at LPUMS
8-29-22: Luis P. Untalan Middle School will be hosting a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 9am to 12pm. This is for those students 12 years old and above who have filled out a parent permission form. Forms were sent home on Friday, Aug. 26. Parents and guardians may also register online at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gdoedphss-covid-19-vaccination-clinic-for-lpums-students-tickets-408341980857
Please view the flyer for more information.
Welcome Back, Wildcats!
Watch our Welcome Back messages & campus tour
8-10-22: Welcome Back to School, wildcats! Here is a video tour of our campus led by student leaders with appearances from school admin, staff, and teachers.
Check out our Wildcat Beats! Our students show you how to do each one.
Learn how to do the Wildcat Beats!
Get Ready for SY 2022-2023
8-4-22: As the whole school community gets ready for the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 10, parents and students are reminded about student drop off and pick up procedures at the Barrigada campus.
Parents/guardians dropping off their child should do so either at the back parking lot of the campus or at the front sidewalk on Route 10 where there is a walker's gate. The back gate opens from 7:15-8:20am and 3:25-4pm. Please review the map for detailed traffic flow and instructions.
Info about School Supplies & Uniform Vouchers: Read this Aug. 4 article from the Guam Daily Post.
SY 2022-2023: New Student Orientations
7-26-22: New Student Orientations (6th, 7th, & 8th) were held on July 18 and July 19. Please view the recording and share to other parents and students who may need to review.
Additionally, all incoming 6th graders are required to submit an updated Physical Examination form & updated PPD. Students who intend to try out for sports must have an updated Physical Examination. These forms can be found here.
All students should also review the SY2022-2023 Student-Parent Handbook. It includes helpful info, including important school contacts, the bell schedule, and the upcoming school calendar.
Wildcats to receive free school supplies
For 6th Grade
7-28-22: For those who would like to prepare for the new school year by purchasing school supplies, please note that LPUMS students will be receiving free school supplies during the first week of classes. These supplies are funded by the U.S. Department of Education--Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds.
Each teacher may also recommend a list of supplies (no supplies are mandatory) during the first few days of classes. Students, take note and let your parents know!
For 7th & 8th Grade